Once again Boo wanted to do Favorite Foods at fair this year. For that project the child must come up with a table theme and decorate a card table accordingly. They must also create a healthy menu for the entire day and choose 1 of those items to prepare for the judge. This year her theme was Dr Seuss.
Using Sharpie markers, she wrote the names of various Dr Seuss books on plates we purchased at the Dollar Store. Once the plates were baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes the ink became permanent.
Boo decoupaged “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” onto the glassware and provided straws that were flowers.
Homemade pinwheels on bendable straws were the centerpiece and placed at odd angles. They were made to stand in glass marbles placed in a red dish. Originally there were large pom poms in the center of the pinwheels but they fell off and we did not have glue with us to put them back on.
A red tablecloth with white runner to remind us of the famous stripped hat.
A hand written menu following the theme. This took a lot longer than we had planned to come up with the titles, she pulled nearly every book off the shelf to come up with it.
Boo prepared the Cat in the Hat Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.
In a clear cup layer the yogurt and slices of strawberries to create stripes. Sprinkle the granola on top for crunch.
Tulle was formed into puffs and tied to both chairs. She wore a green furry hat (it reminded her of the Grinch) and a red tie just like The Cat.
She had lots of fun and this year there was actually competition. She has been trying to get others in 4H to try, and there were a total of 10 tables this year. And no surprise, she already has her theme for next year picked out, Yin and Yang.
Boo loves to do food demonstrations at the fair. There is one in particular that requires you to decorate a table and create a menu for the entire day. You must prepare 1 item off that menu (which must be nutritionally balanced).
For the table-scape, Boo began with a red tablecloth I have used at Christmas time. The plates and cups were all purchased at the Dollar Store. The red pitcher was a Wal Mart find. Because the table stays up the entire week of fair she went with fake flowers, also purchased at the Dollar Store. The caddy (which held napkins and silverware) was a kit made at the local Home Depot clinic for kids and she painted it white with red stripes and blue stars.
Because we get very hot in the summer, dehydration is a concern in Smallville. The drink is Sprite which has no caffeine, which naturally dehydrates. The ice cubes are red and blue Gatorade. As they melt you are replacing your electrolytes.
Dessert consisted of strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream. Slice the tops off the berries and then slice the berries in half. Arrange 5 pieces in the shape of a star. Fill the center with whipped cream and sprinkle blueberries on top. Vanilla ice cream works as well if you want something cold.
Stars and Stripes Dessert
As the hostess, Boo dressed the part with a shirt and hat bearing the flag.
I hope this inspires you to do something festive this year with the kids. Let them come up with their own ideas and you might be surprised at how creative they can be.
Winter is my absolute favorite season. I love to go sledding, make snow angels, build snowmen and have snowball fights. Well, maybe not with my brother who always seemed to load his with ice. I don’t even mind driving on snowy roads. The one thing I do dislike, is having to walk in snow if I am wearing nice shoes, or walking on ice.
Now at home I have a 10 year old who just loves to shovel the walkway and driveway so I know I can make it to my car without falling. What about when I go somewhere else? That is why I came up with this portable de-icer.
When I open a bag of de-icer I pour it into a bucket and keep it outside the front door. Inside the bucket I keep an old cheese shaker and pour the granules from that in order to keep it off my hands. A large one stays in the bucket and a small one comes with me in my car. This way no matter where I go, I have some de-icer to sprinkle around my car so that I don’t break my neck.